Monday, August 07, 2006

A chair and a mirror ... so worth the $3

Let's just say that Saturday was a pretty hot day. And, let's also mention that I can't stand heat.

Even if it's a relatively mild 80 degrees, I want to kill myself. So this brings us back to Saturday afternoon, when the balmy weather forced me to visit the new Cinema De Lux in Milford. Without much to see, "Talladega Nights" stuck out and that became the choice. But here's where it gets tricky.

According to my handy-dandy Weekend section, the Will Ferrell flick was playing at two times, noon and 11:30. The 11:30 a.m. showing made the most sense for me and my companion. Matinees usually go for about $7, but when we bought the tickets through the little (and admittedly useful) kiosk, we were charged $10 a ticket. Why, you wonder? Well, we wondered ourselves.

It seems we had chosen to catch a flick playing in one of the "Director's Halls," which cost more. Why does it cost an extra $3? As far I could tell it was because of the touch of class that you notice when you walk into the cinema.

Yes, that's right, as you take your first steps into the theater, you can see an elegant little table, chair and mirror. I couldn't get over how comfortable these simple items made me feel. I felt like I was in a nice, classy establishment, not a grimy movie theater. Oh, and then the photos of Mystic Seaport on the theater's walls. Wow. I found myself not watching the movie and straining — in the dark — to see the vivid paintings of water.

Yeah, the theater has leather chairs and waiters at the beginning — just in case you're too lazy to get your own damn Goobers. I don't know if I'll ever be able to return to regular theaters. What will I ever do without a table, chair and mirror I see only when I walk in and out, paintings of Mystic and leather under my butt?

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